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Injured Brahma - was recovering, but now can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pmottshaw, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. pmottshaw

    pmottshaw New Egg

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this situation.

    About 3 weeks ago when I was putting my chickens to bed (I close their door at night), I noticed that my Brahma (4 years old) hen was injured. She had a huge gash on the top of her head. The weather was still cold (I'm in Rhode Island) so I took her inside into the basement. We have a heated basement; I set up a spot for her. She was eating, drinking and walking just fine. I fed her layer pellets and a treat every morning (a piece of cheese, piece of hard boiled egg, etc).

    She was progressing nicely. Her would was healing nicely. Then, about a week ago, she stopped walking. She spends her day under my husband's table saw. She does still eat, but only specific things. She will peck at her pellets occasionally; eats little pieces of cheese, little pieces of egg salad. She is drinking very little.

    She manages to move herself around because when I check on her I notice that she has moved around (her head is facing a different direction). But, she stays within a 2-foot area.

    I spoke to a physician I work with who has had experience with chickens and he suggested that maybe my hen has a calcium deficiency. That's why I started trying giving the hen little pieces of egg and cheese.

    When I pick her up, I can see that the hen's feet are a little curled up.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Start with these-- Immediately add electrolytes to the water-- poultry version are best due to salt content of many others, but you can use Pedialyte until you get poultry lytes. ALSO--Add 1 crushed TUMS tablet to feed for emergency calcium boost. Next, 3 DROPS daily of POLY-VI-SOL (human infant) vitamins given by mouth for 1 week and tapering off by 1 drop each week thereafter. Usually suspected to be calcium deficiency-- but magnesium and riboflavin may be possibles as well. There is magnesium in the electrolytes. To add extra riboflavin, you can try some Room Temp. milk w/bread FROM A MILK *CARTON* as light destroys the B-2 in plastic jug storage.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2008
  3. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was the wound near her neck, at all? Maybe her spinal cord is affected.
     
  4. pmottshaw

    pmottshaw New Egg

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    I appreciate the quick replies. Thank you so very much.

    I will try your suggestions.

    When she was first injured, she was walking just fine for about 3 weeks. So, that makes me think that her spinal cord probably isn't the issue.
     
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Hoping for the best, P. [​IMG]
     

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